Bengaluru: To mark October as Breast Cancer awareness month, a continuing medical education (CME) programme on breast cancer was organised by Kidwai Cancer Institute on Saturday.
While inaugurating the event along with city Mayor Gangambike, Dr C.N. Manjunath, director of the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Research, said, “Every individual should get their health check up done at least once a year."
Cine artistes Manvitha Kamath and Malini Nagaraj were the guests of honour.
In her address Gangambike said that a mass awareness campaign will be held on breast cancer in all the wards. “Early detection will help doctors cure the disease. Do not shy away in telling your problems to doctors,” she added.
Dr Manjunath said due to stressful life and unhealthy lifestyle, people were falling prey to heart ailments, high blood pressure, diabetes at an early age.
“Breast cancer is also because of stressful life. Only around 9% of India’s population eats good quality vegetables and fruits,” he said.
Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (KMIO) registers nearly 20,000 new cancer patients a year and has a follow-up load of nearly 3.5 lakhs per annum.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has projected that incidence of new cancers is expected to double in the next 10 years. Experts also pointed out that the country would face an acute shortage of oncology infrastructure.
Helping hand from Akka
In order to benefit women in rural areas, Akka, a non-profit organisation based in America has decided to extend their support to Kidwai Hospital. Akka president Shivamurthy Keelara assured that they would soon provide two machines to carry out mammography and a bus that costs `1 crore.